Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 4.05pm.
It is time for the practice of web development and design to broaden its horizons. How can the skills and experience we’ve acquired over the last 15 years of working on the internet be applied more broadly to, say, the design of cities, buildings, organisations, government and so on?
In a slightly foolhardy, ambitious talk, Dan will draw from his experience of leading design across the BBC’s websites, co-founding the global media product Monocle, working with projects like Lonely Planet, Channel 4, Urbis museum and the Spice Girls website, and now his current work with the multidisciplinary design consultancy Arup, where he helps design better cities, buildings and streets.
Dan will suggest that some of these core ideas — harnessing user-centred thinking with the sparks of individual insight, working with real-time data, separating content from presentation, multidisciplinary design-centred practice, enabling adaptation and hackability, balancing top-down intervention with bottom-up emergence, amongst others — might work effectively as core principles of service design, offering new ways to build, design, innovate and operate to services, products and organisations well outside of the Australian web industry’s traditional focus.